Join our new book club featuring the BFI Film Classics series! The BFI Film Classics series introduces, interprets and celebrates landmarks of world cinema. Each volume offers an argument for the film's 'classic' status, together with discussion of its production and reception history, its place within a genre or national cinema, an account of its technical and aesthetic importance, and in many cases, the author's personal response to the film.

On the second Monday of every month starting in May 2023, our Social Media Coordinator, Lewis Parry, will lead an in-person meeting centered around a selection from the BFI Film Classics series. Join us to share your opinions on the film, the author's interpretations, and develop a better understanding of some of your new favorite films! Everyone is welcome!

Event: Monday, May 8, 2023 6PM

Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003) brings two Americans together in Tokyo, each experiencing a personal crisis. Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), a recent graduate in philosophy, faces an uncertain professional future, while Bob Harris (Bill Murray), an established celebrity, questions his choices at midlife. Both are distant - emotionally and spatially - from their spouses. They are lost until they develop an intimate connection. In the film's poignant, famously ambiguous closing scene, they find each other, only to separate.
 
In this close look at the multi-award-winning film, Suzanne Ferriss mirrors Lost in Translation's structuring device of travel: her analysis takes the form of a trip, from planning to departure. She details the complexities of filming (a 27-day shoot with no permits in Tokyo), explores Coppola's allusions to fine art, subtle colour palette and use of music over words, and examines the characters' experiences of the Park Hyatt Tokyo and excursions outside, together and alone. She also re-evaluates the film in relation to Coppola's other features, as the product of an established director with a distinctive cinematic signature: 'Coppolism'. Fundamentally, Ferriss argues that Lost in Translation is not only a cinema classic, but classic Coppola too.
 

About the Author

Suzanne Ferriss is Professor Emeritus at Nova Southeastern University, USA. She has published extensively on fashion, film and cultural studies, and is the author of The Cinema of Sofia Coppola (2021). She is currently editing The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sofia Coppola.
Monday, May 8th, 6:00PM
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Lost in Translation (BFI Film Classics)

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By Suzanne Ferriss

Lost in Translation (BFI Film Classics) By Suzanne Ferriss Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781839024917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: British Film Institute - March 9th, 2023

Lost in Translation (BFI Film Classics) By Suzanne Ferriss Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781839024917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: British Film Institute - March 9th, 2023

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BFI BOOK CLUB: For film fans! Begins Monday with a critique on Sofia Coppola's LOST IN TRANSLATION